Several members of the Truro Township Fire Department received commendations for their efforts in rescuing a 15-year-old Reynoldsburg boy from a fire late last year.
Crews responded to an apartment fire in the 6500 block of Livingston Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and found the unconscious teen trapped in a second-floor bedroom.
According to information from the fire department, the boy had no pulse and was not breathing when he was found. Firefighters resuscitated him before transporting him to Nationwide Children's Hospital, where he was treated and recovered.
The family asked not to be identified and declined comment.
"The fire generated a lot of smoke," Chief Jeff Sharps said. "There was zero visibility, which makes it extremely difficult to move around, and locating a trapped person, especially if they are unconscious, is challenging."
The fire started in the kitchen and was determined to be accidental.
The apartment was less than a mile from the fire station and crews arrived within two minutes of receiving of the call, Sharps said.
He said there were no working smoke detectors.
Battalion Chief Mike Dorsey, Lt. Kevin Childs and firefighters Keith Beidel, Bradley Karnes, Matt Dorsky and Tyler Gleeson were presented with a Unit Citation, for a crew's outstanding performance at the Truro Township trustees' Feb. 7 meeting.
Lt. Chad Compton and firefighters Kim Foltz, Todd Poole and Sean Flaherty were awarded the Fire Chief's Commendation, which recognizes meritorious service.
That commendation comes with a service ribbon worn on the firefighter's dress uniform.
"We don't give these citations very often -- we're not pulling people out of houses every day, thankfully," Sharps said.
"When they face these kind of situations, I think it's appropriate to recognize their efforts and the successful outcome. It reinforces what they've been training for every day."